I first read Lord of the Rings when my husband bought it for me for my birthday, along with The Silmarillion. Although I really liked Lord of the Rings, I loved the Silmarillion and immediately read every Middle Earth book after that! It is my absolute favorite book.
Favorite Tolkien character:
Just one??? This is a tough one. I will narrow it to two. Feanor, well because he's Feanor. He is a very rebellious spirit, bucking the system.
Finrod is another favorite. Hey, he slayed a werewolf with his teeth. What's not to love about Finrod??